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The BookCellar is in need of plastic bags.

Please leave at The BookCellar in the Central Library basement.

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The BookCellar



Central Library Lower Level
600 Soledad · 78205
Phone: (210) 227-9519



Mon. - Wed. 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Thur. 11:00 am - 7:00 pm
Fri. - Sun. 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Inside the Cellar

About the BookCellar

The Friends of the San Antonio Public Library operates the Book Cellar, a used book store in the basement of the Central Library. Thus the name "Book Cellar." Book sales are the main source of income for the Friends, and the profits are donated to support San Antonio Public Library activities and materials such as the Summer Reading Program. The Book Cellar is managed by a salaried employee of the Friends and staffed by volunteers from Friends of the San Antonio Public Library.

For prices on items check below, however some uniquely valuable books, like art books, are priced a little higher (usually from $2.00 to $5.00). However, the Book Cellar often has clearance sales on books. For example, fiction books might sell at two or three for a dollar. No other used bookstore in San Antonio sells books this cheaply.

The selection at the Book Cellar includes fiction, non-fiction, reference books, CDs, videos and audio tapes. There are also some Spanish and foreign language books. The selection changes daily.

By city ordinance all books withdrawn from the San Antonio Public Library may be sold by the Book Cellar. With these books and others donated by individuals and organizations, the Book Cellar is able to sell books to the public at very low prices.

For this reason, many teachers and students visit the Book Cellar to purchase books to service their school needs or just for fun.

Gift Certificates
The BookCellar has gift certificates available in any amount. 

Vending Machines
The store sells sodas and bottled water and has a snack vending machine available to the public.

Book Sale Notification
The Book Cellar regularly has special sales on excess inventory and annual Giant Three-Day sales. To receive e-mail notification of these sales, send an e-mail to

Price List

Adult Hardbacks $1.00 Children's Hardbacks $0.50 Movie Videos $1.00
Large Adult Paperback $1.00 Children's Paperbacks $0.25 Other Videos $0.50
Small Adult Paperback $0.50 Books without Stickers $1.00 or less Audios $0.25
Romance Paperbacks $0.25 Books with Stickers Priced as Marked CDs and DVDs $1.00
  Soda $0.60  


The BookCellar accepts both cash and checks for all purchases and accepts credit cards for purchases of $3.00 or more.

Volunteer Opportunities

If you know a high school student or organization, such as the National Honor Society, seeking community service credits, please tell them the BookCellar welcomes hard-working teenage volunteers.